Kyuichi UEHARA

Deputy Project Leader & Concurrent Associate Professor (Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia)

Research Interests

My specialization is in Chinese classical literature and bibliography. My research focuses on the study of popular literature through the analysis of Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasty colloquial Chinese texts (baihuawen) and on the expansion of commercial publishing which brought about a boom its readership. Specifically, I look at the publication history of Journey to the West (Xiyou ji; aka. “Monkey”) and the activities of its publishers (shufang). I also investigate the process through which the personal attributes of Zhang Fei are defined in Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi yanyi).



2003      B.A. in Chinese literature, Department of Linguistics, University of Tokyo

2005      M.A. in Chinese literature, Asian Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo

2006–2008      Study abroad at Graduate School of Literature, Capital  Normal University (Chinese government scholarship for advanced students)

2013      Ph.D. candidate, Chinese literature, Asian Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo

2016      Graduated Ph.D.


Academic Positions

2011      Visiting Researcher, International Academy for China Studies, Peking University

2013–2015      PD Research Fellow, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Keio Institute of Oriental Classics)

2015–2018      Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Graduate School, Yamanashi University

2018      Concurrent Associate Professor (Department of Pioneering Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo), U-PARL


Books & Articles

“A Textual Study of the Shidetang (世德堂) Edition of Xiyouji,” Wenxue yichan 2010, 4th quarter. (In Chinese)

“Editions of the Li Zhuowu xiansheng piping Xiyouji,” Nihon Chūgoku gakkō hō 7, 2011. (In Japanese)

“The Iberis Plant of the 1.8 Zhang-long “Serpent” Spear: New Thoughts on the Formation of the Characteristics of Zhang Fei,” Sangokushi kenkyū 7, 2012. (In Japanese)

“The relationship between Zhou-shi Wanjuan-lou Renshou-tang Publisher at Jinling and Zhou-shi Daye-tang Publisher,” Shidō bunko ronshū 48, 2014. (In Japanese)

“On the existence of wide-area cooperation in commercial publishing between bookstores owned by different clans in the late Ming,” Tōhōgaku 131, 2016. (In Japanese)